Sorry for the lack of updates since Thursday night. I have a big recap of Friday at the Cleveland International Film Festival nearly ready for posting, but with record crowds and tight windows between screenings, there's just not been time to complete it.
With three films left on my screening schedule (BUCKLE BROTHERS, WASSUP ROCKERS, and THE FRENCH GUY), I think it's safe to say that the best films I've seen and will see are Anders Thomas Jensen's ADAM'S APPLES, a dark comedy about religious faith; Kim Ki-duk's THE BOW; Bent Hamer's FACTOTUM, a deadpan riff on Bukowski; and Pearse Elliott's THE MIGHTY CELT, a wrenching boy and his dog story. The first three I saw consecutively on Friday. I wrote about THE MIGHTY CELT in my second post from Thursday's festival coverage.
When all is said and done, I'll have seen 37 films over six days. Only once have I really struggled with staying awake, something which surfaced at this morning's 9:45 a.m. screening of RYNA. I was already in sort of a funk after discovering my driver's license and other cards had fallen out of my wallet, but luckily a visit to my car turned them up. The film was dull too.